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  • March 10, 2022 8:50 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, Congress announced a bipartisan $1.5 trillion agreement to fund the federal government which includes $6 billion for WIC and an extension of the benefit bump for fruits and vegetables through September 30, 2022. Benefit issuance will remain at current levels: $24/month for children, $43/month for pregnant and postpartum participants, and $47/month for breastfeeding participants.

    The House voted on the package and passed the proposal yesterday, with the Senate to take up the legislation later this week. We applaud Congress for including this provision in the final agreement.

  • February 17, 2022 3:21 PM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Missouri Governor Mike Parson has joined in the celebration of Missouri's grocery industry, signing this proclamation declaring February 22nd, 2022 as Supermarket Employee Day in Missouri.

  • February 16, 2022 11:51 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Implement Your Celebration - Your Way

    Supermarket Employee Day is a time for the food industry to recognize employees at every level for the work they do feeding families and enriching lives.

    1. Save the Date and Review Toolkit Resources

    2. Plan Your Celebration using templates, graphics and swag

    3. Capture the Fun – share photos on social media and share your stories with the MGA!

    This week's suggested action item: Use templates to order or make buttons and stickers to promote the day among employees and customers. You can find premade designs on the FMI website.

    Or, consider using the Supermarket Employee Day logo to create mugs, t-shirts, or other merchandise to gift employees and recognize their essential work!
  • February 10, 2022 8:00 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    This week was a busy week in the Missouri Capitol with a presence of the Missouri Grocers Association. On Tuesday, Mike Beal with Balls Foods took to the halls of the Capitol and met with legislators from the Kansas City area.

    Johnny Hunter with Castor River Farms visited with Senators and Representatives from Southeast Missouri sharing his perspective as a vendor. Agriculture is a major partner of Missouri's grocery industry.
  • January 13, 2022 8:40 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    The US Supreme Court has blocked the Biden Administration from mandating COVID-19 vaccination at businesses with 100 or more employees, while allowing a similar rule for health care facilities to stand. In a 6-3 ruling just released, the court has blocked the federal government from enforcing the vaccine-or-test mandate. To view the court’s opinion, click here

    The Missouri Grocers Association had strongly pushed back against the Biden administration’s plan, working closely with Missouri's Attorney General and our partners at NGA and FMI. Employers should continue to have the right to establish vaccine policies for their own businesses.

    Here is a memo from OFW Law with more information on the decision and what it means for you. The MGA will provide additional information as it becomes available.

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the MGA at

    (417)831-6667 or email EJ Fleischmann at
  • January 12, 2022 8:42 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Starting Saturday, private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change Monday as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations.

    Under the new policy, first detailed to the AP, Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit. A family of four, for instance, could be reimbursed for up to 32 tests per month. PCR tests and rapid tests ordered or administered by a health provider will continue to be fully covered by insurance with no limit.

    President Joe Biden faced criticism over the holiday season for a shortage of at-home rapid tests as Americans traveled to see family amid the surge in cases from the more transmissible omicron variant. Now the administration is working to make COVID-19 home tests more accessible, both by increasing supply and bringing down costs. Learn more here.

  • December 16, 2021 10:55 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Kroger is eliminating its two-week emergency leave for unvaccinated workers who contract COVID-19 and adding a $50 surcharge every month for salaried, unvaccinated employees covered under its insurance plan. Vaccinated workers who suffer a breakthrough infection will still get the paid emergency leave, and the health plan surcharge does not apply to hourly or union employees.
    Full Story: 
    The Wall Street Journal

  • December 09, 2021 10:57 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Although meat prices are higher and discount deals have dwindled, overall meat sales still reflect the robust performance of the pandemic era, according to recent data from IRI shows. IRI's Ann-Marie Roerink discusses future trends and opportunities for grocers to leverage the continuing strength of the category.
    Full Story: 
    Winsight Grocery Business

  • September 30, 2021 12:30 PM | Campbell (Administrator)
    A snarled supply chain, exacerbated by congested ports, extreme weather issues and a nationwide labor shortage, is creating out-of-stock situations for many food retailers just as shoppers prepare for the holiday season. FMI's Doug Baker said grocers are striving to meet this year's holiday food demand, adding that "[i]f you look at the base of a lot of the issues that we're seeing with supply chain, a lot of it is labor-related and it really creates a domino effect." Full Story: NBC News 
  • August 27, 2021 8:15 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

    Consumers acknowledge family meals as a primary resource to help them stay strong during the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify their time together at the dinner table as their top strategy to cope with what the future brings., as National Family Meals Month,™ provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate the vitality of family life and highlight the many ways the food industry supports families in staying connected and healthy with fast and friendly family meal solutions.

    Find turnkey resources and ideas in FMI Foundation's toolkit, so you can support your shoppers in their effort to Stay Strong with Family Meals!

     Access Family Meals Toolkit

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